Red Sox rejects: A mid-season look
Jun 14, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a single in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park. Detroit won 8-1. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Rick Porcello arrived from Detroit and Alex Wilson, Yoenis Cespedes and Gabe Speier all went to Michigan.
Cespedes is another cog in the high powered Tigers offense and is hitting above .300, hitting for extra bases, has a 2.5 WAR and having a UZR/150 at is 14.6. Cespedes, a free agent after 2015, is in an exceptionally favorable contract push by maintaining power numbers while raising his once mediocre batting average.
The real performer is Wilson who did demonstrate some pitching potential with Boston in 2014. Wilson did the usual yo-yo act between Boston and Pawtucket, but did make 19 appearances with a 1.91 ERA in 28.1 innings. Wilson’s WHIP was an impressive 0.88 and the 28-year-old right-hander has picked up in 2015 where he left off in 2014.
Wilson is a go to guy in the Tigers pen and in 39 innings has an ERA of 1.62, a 2.81 FIP and a WHIP of 0.87. Wilson’s WAR is 0.6, the same as Junichi Tazawa. With the flux in the bullpen who would you rather have? The open door collection the Red Sox have presented in the first half of the season or Wilson?